GUNNEDAH BRIDGE IN FAST LANE TO AXE FREIGHT PINCHPOINT
Motorists will be enjoying trips across the new Gunnedah Bridge sooner than expected, with the project to improve road safety and freight connectivity expected to open to traffic before Christmas.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said work on the new 195-metre-long bridge was powering ahead, with work on the bridge deck nearing completion.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the bridge has already been a big boost for the local economy, creating about 60 jobs.
“The next step will be for the community to decide on a name and submissions for this will be called shortly,” Mr Anderson said.
“The community and local stakeholders will be asked to suggest names, with Transport for NSW working with Gunnedah Shire Council to review submissions before selecting the preferred name.
“The community will be given directions in the coming weeks on how to provide suggested names for the new bridge.”
Final finishing works, including the closure of the rail level crossing, remain on track to be complete in early 2021, weather permitting.